Grove Supports Legislation to Reduce State Debt and Legalize Coin Auctions
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) today voted in support of legislation that would reduce Pennsylvania’s debt limit, as well as a proposal to enhance the Small Games of Chance Act to allow additional games, including coin auctions.
“Although Pennsylvania must pass a balanced budget, this does not prohibit us from acquiring debt,” said Grove.  “As we are seeing at the federal level and across Europe, too much government debt is detrimental to our economy.  The effort to rein in state debt is long overdue.  I also support the additional restrictions on projects eligible for borrowed funding.”

House Bill 493, which Grove co-sponsored, would reduce the Commonwealth’s debt limit from $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion.  The legislation also would redefine eligibility for the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Projects (RACP) funding.

Grove also voted in favor of House Bill 290, which would update the Small Games of Chance Act to add games like coin auctions, vertical wheels, and other popular games already being played in local communities.  The measure also would clarify issues identified by organizations dependent upon proceeds from small games of chance for their chartable missions, including the definition of “public interest purpose.”

“Last session, I sponsored legislation to legalize quarter auctions, so I am pleased to see it included in this comprehensive effort to modernize the Small Games of Chance Act,” said Grove.  “The updates made to this act last session have proven challenging for many of our charitable organizations, which are the lifeblood of our communities.  Legislators listened to their concerns and we are working to resolve the issues.”

Both bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at and  

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
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